Institute for Energy Efficiency Announces New Director’s Council and Global Advisory Board Members

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – June 2, 2014

The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara is pleased to announce its two newest members of the Director’s Council, James Dehlsen and Ravi Viswanathan, along with its newest member of the Global Advisory Board, Arun Majumdar.

Both the Director’s Council and Global Advisory Board are comprised of distinguished leaders in business, engineering, the sciences, law, and other relevant fields. They have a personal interest in the Institute and are committed to its success. Members of this group serve as advocates, provide input on strategic direction, and directly support growth and success of the Institute.

James (Jim) Dehlsen is recognized as a pioneer and world leader in wind power and renewable energy. Jim co-founded Clipper Windpower, Inc., where he serves as Executive Chairman. Clipper is currently advancing the development of a 10 MW offshore turbine project that he initiated in 2007. In 1980, Jim founded Zond Corporation and served as Chief Executive Officer, and as Executive Chairman of the Board until its acquisition by Enron Corporation in 2000. Jim and Brent Dehlsen formed Ecomerit Technologies in 2009, with Brent serving as CEO and Jim assisting with product innovation and system architecture. Recognition of his work includes the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the American Wind Energy Association and the Danish Medal of Honor conferred by his Royal Highness, Prince Henrik of Denmark. Jim has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy’s Wind Program and has testified at U.S. House and Senate hearings on renewable energy related issues. Jim has 13 patents and nine patents pending.


Ravi Viswanathan joined NEA in 2004 and co-heads the firm’s Technology Venture Growth Equity effort practice. Present board memberships include Boulder Wind Power, Desire2Learn, Goji, Imergy Power Systems, Stitcher, and Suniva. He also led or co-led NEA's investments in Availink, BloomReach, Boku, ISGN Technologies, and MuleSoft. Prior to NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group. Ravi received an MBA from Wharton and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB where he focused his research on materials science applications. Ravi also earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.


Arun Majumdar is the former Vice President for Energy at Google, where he drove energy initiatives and advised the company on its broader energy strategy. In October 2009, Dr. Arun Majumdar was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to become the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), where he served till June 2012. His research career includes the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices as well as large engineered systems. Dr. Majumdar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.

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